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Barley Mow

Picture source: Eddie Dexter


The Barley Mow was situated at 60 Basford Road. This pub has now been converted into offices. Publican in 1851 was Samuel Stapleton.
My grand father George Thorpe was the landlord there upto his death in 1900 or 1901. I don't know when he moved in to the premises. His partner, my grandmother, as we would now call her nowadays was Emma Day who originated from Cambridgeshire. They had three children. My auntie Ivy - born 1892. My father also George Thorpe - born 1895 and my younger aunt Minnie Thorpe born 1897. I visited the venue in the 1980's and spoke to the landlady. She wasn't able to say much other than between the time my grandfather was there and the 1980's there had been 3 substantial fires and consequent rebuilding. My father never said anything to me about the fires so I can only assume they were before the 1950's when I was a youngster. The pub was what we would nowadays call a micro brewary as my grandfather used to do his own brewing. I think that was quite the norm in those day's. I'm away from home at the moment but at home I have the recipe / instruction book with notes that my grandfather used along with the hydrometer kit used for the brewing process. A story my youngest aunt told me was that one day my grandparents had to call in a doctor in as my eldest aunt who would have been 6 or 7 at the time was found unconcious. It was subsequently discovered that by opening the draws in the bar she was able to climb up and help herself to the gin bottles. My father - born in the pub never drank a pint of ale in his life. He said he couldn't stand the smell of it. He would however drink cider, wines and spirits but all in moderation.
L Thorpe (October 2018)

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Date of photo: 1998

Picture source: Eddie Dexter